The 10 Biggest Losers Of The 2012 NBA Draft

By: 06.29.12
Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala (photo. Kelly Turso)

They were easily the biggest loser during this past trade deadline. The Brooklyn Nets can propel to number one on this list too, depending on whether they can convince D-Will to sign on the dotted line for an extension before his own July 5th deadline. Up to this point, they have completely misjudged the draft and how valuable these assets are. Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Damian Lillard are the young players they refused to build around. Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov must be confident their fantasy of D-Will and Dwight Howard becomes a reality soon. If not, they have nobody to blame but themselves on why they preferred to go after players they really couldn’t control.

The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Moe Harkless out of St. John’s with the No. 15 overall pick. Their playoff run probably made them realize that it’s time to take a step back in order to make two steps forward. This selection was a clear shot at Andre Iguodala and how determined the 76ers will be to unload his contract in a trade this summer. Iguodala won’t be able to escape this inevitable reality as in past years. He should get his bags packed soon because there’s no doubt he’ll be dealt for someone, as Harkless will take his starting small forward spot soon enough.

Out of all the cats selected in the second round, Quincy Miller was the biggest loser of them all. He easily has the most upside, and the best opportunity to increase his draft stock had he elected to return to school. Some draft experts like ESPN’s Chad Ford suggested he could’ve been a top-10 pick next year. That type of projection warrants maintaining his college eligibility for one more season. Miller’s recovery from injury and not suitably showcasing his skills were the biggest reasons why he should’ve gone back to Baylor. Instead, he has to fight for a guaranteed contract when training camp starts in the fall.

Neil Olshey and the Portland Trail Blazers played it too safe. He is a loser because they were the only team in the lottery with multiple picks that could’ve made a radical move to help out LaMarcus Aldridge right now. The Hornets were not going to consider trading their two lottery picks because they’re clearly in rebuilding mode. The Blazers should be reloading. Damian Lillard easily benefited from a horrendous point guard class to increase his stock. There’s a chance he may only be good as Jimmer Fredette, who also lit it up at a smaller school. Meanwhile, getting Meyers Leonard is scarier than Michael Myers. Olshey missed an opportunity to shake up the league and own draft night.

Michael Jordan just can’t draft a team. His Airness is a loser and nobody should be surprised by this. Maybe Michael Kidd-Gilchrist reminded him of Scottie Pippen. But why draft Pip first when there’s no Mike anywhere any sight? The Charlotte Bobcats were dead last in the NBA in points per game, averaging just under 87 a game. As much as defense is important to win a ‘ship, scoring is what gets you there, first and foremost. There’s currently a premium on finding players that can get their own buckets. Jordan dismissed Bradley Beal as the next best player available, and wasn’t able to pull the trigger on a trade to perhaps land someone as nice as James Harden. In a league where perimeter players rule, the Bobcats now have the shortest backcourt with D.J. Augustin, Kemba Walker, Ben Gordon, and you can thrown in Kidd-Gilchrist, too. Jordan just placed tremendous pressure on a glue guy to be one of the franchise’s saviors. As much as Kidd-Gilchrist is pegged as a cat that somehow can change a team’s culture, that begins and ends with those at the top. And Jordan has failed yet again to evaluate talent and maximize the few assets he’s had to definitively alter the course of his team.

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